Sick building syndrome
The term sick building refers to building facilities that do not provide the necessary comfort conditions
inside them thus creating ‘indoor pollution’.
In particular, in office buildings where it is often seen, workers report symptoms such as
- Shortness of breath
- Eye inflammation
- Motion sickness
The main cause of this phenomenon is the quality of indoor air, which is influenced by many factors.
Initially, the original air conditioning / ventilation study, which may be incomplete, resulting in inadequate renewal of the indoor air.
It is then likely that the necessary preventive technical maintenance of HVAC equipment will not be carried out with cleaning and filter changes, creating microbial outbreaks.
Equally important are the materials that may be present in the building such as wood, asbestos foam, fiberglass and formaldehyde foam which should be avoided.
Research carried by the University of Athens shows that 70% of buildings, public or private, record at least one type of pollutant above the permissible limits.
Approximately 2,000 workers are estimated to be sick each year in Greece due to the poor hygiene conditions prevailing in the workplace.